The place you will never, ever, ever visit... Ever!

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As backpackers, we are always keen to visit every remote place on this planet and put another photo in our album and another dot on our world map. But, just off the coast of Brazil, some 93 miles away from downtown São Paulo, there is a tiny island that is prohibited to visit by law... And common sense for that matter.

Snake Island, or Ilha da Queimada Grande, a 43-hectare island in Brazil is a place where every step could easily be your last, and that last step would occur probably in the first 12 seconds of your time there. The island is the only home to one of the most poisonous snakes in the world, the Golden Lancehead Viper. It is estimated that there are places on the island where there are as many as one snake per square meter (translated, on those places you are never more than 3 feet away from meeting your maker).

Because of the danger, Brazilian Navy strictly prohibits anyone landing or docking to the island except for rare scientist that track snakes and their population and repairmen of the lighthouse existing on the rocks. Locals in the coastal towns near Queimada Grande often tell stories and legends about the few visitors to the island, but they all end with gruesome snake-bite deaths.

Now that we mentioned why you WILL NOT visit the place unless you are one of the few allowed, some say that the island is great for photo shooting and snorkeling... Good to know!

Last modified on Thursday, 03 July 2014 10:55

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